House Passes Bipartisan Kelly Legislation to Hold Government Accountable
WASHINGTON — Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives today in support of the Government Employee Accountability Act, which he introduced on June 28, 2013, and which the House passed this evening by a bipartisan vote of 239-176 as part of H.R. 2879, the Stop Government Abuse Act. The legislation gives all federal agencies the mechanisms necessary for agency heads to effectively deal with delinquent Senior Executive Service (SES) employees, including the ability to conduct “investigative leave without pay” and to carry out immediate termination.
Rep. Kelly: “The people we put in charge of these agencies [IRS, GSA, etc.] would actually love to be able to hold those who work for them accountable and responsible. So what did we give them? We gave them the ability to do that.”
Rep. Kelly: “At the end of the day, we are not benevolent monarchs. We are stewards of the taxpayers’ monies. All we’re doing is talking about accountability. Only in Washington is ‘accountability’ a bad word. In the private sector, accountability reigns. … Why is that so foreign here — to all of a sudden have bills … that would help the same people that are in charge hold people responsible and hold them accountable?”